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|Negative ||learnandgrow12 ||On Sep 14, 2011, learnandgrow12 from Aurora, CO wrote:
I tried this along with 10 other heirloom tomatoes, all started from seed. Latest to develop. I had problems with blossom end rot with this tomato only. You must make sure this plant NEVER gets dry and has a supply of calcium. Very spindly growth habit and must have support of some kind. Not very attractive foliage for a tomato. The fruit was meaty, thick skinned, and tasty. It was susceptible to powdery mildew in my garden while other heirlooms were fine and I had to cut it down before it gave me any more than 6 tomatoes. This coupled with the blossom end rot, I will opt for other varieties next year. The fruit is beautiful and unique so I can see it's appeal but it did not thrive in my area.
|Negative ||mikes_orchids ||On Aug 26, 2010, mikes_orchids from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
Speckled Roman is an excellent heirloom variety of tomato. It has beautiful fruit, and produces a lot of sauce for the number of tomatoes needed. I have had problems compared to my other tomatoes with this variety having blossom end rot. Even when my other tomatoes are fine, this one will usually have a number of fruit that turn black at the end and rot on the vine.
Otherwise the fruit is beautiful and they taste great.
|Positive ||SLO_Garden ||On Aug 4, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:
I was expecting Speckled Roman to be a typical bland tasting paste tomato but was pleasantly surprised. It is both pretty (with the wavy stripes) and flavorful. It is perfectly fine for fresh eating in addtion to canning/sauce. The plant is compact, didn't have problems with disease, and is moderately productive.
|Positive ||dancingbear27 ||On Jun 17, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I was impressed by this paste tomato. The color is what first "wows" you. It is a nice deep red with orange stripes. Good size for a paste tomato with lots of meat. Great flavor with good disease resistance for the plant. One that I will continue to grow every year.
|Positive ||BDale60 ||On Aug 15, 2007, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is a very attractive tomato, with the gold speckling adorning the orange-red body. I generally agree with the conventional wisdom that paste tomatoes do not have flavor comparable to good heirloom slicing tomatoes, and I'd put "Speckled Roman" in the "good but not great" category for taste when eaten fresh. It does share the trait with other paste/Roma tomatoes that has made them popular: ease of processing when making sauce due to the shape, lack of core, etc. I enjoy cooking with them. I've not grown many Romas, so I don't have much to compare with in terms of productivity. The plants have already produced a decent number of healthy, meaty tomatoes and many more appear to be on the way. They sure look great sitting on the counter (but they don't stay there long when the sauce pan beckons).
This is just an additional note to point out that "Speckled Roman" is not a bicolor tomato. The color pattern is confined to the exterior of the fruit.
|Neutral ||berrygirl ||On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Meaty with that great tomato taste and is ideal for processing. It is very productive and has few seeds. It still throws an occasional yellow fruit.
|Positive ||MikeyJoe ||On Sep 12, 2006, MikeyJoe from Clarksville, IN wrote:
A beautiful Tomato that has a great taste. I only had one plant this year and it was not quite as prolific as I thought it should be. Next year I plan to have five or six, and I plan to put them in a better spot.
Definetly worth a second try.
|Positive ||wadefromnj ||On Aug 8, 2006, wadefromnj from Englishtown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a great tasting salad tomato. As compared to a roma it has more taste. I will grow it again next year. However one plant died completely before any other even showed signs of V or F wilt (I grow about 20 total). Though the other one (I planted 2) seems normal.
|Positive ||MichaelBates ||On Feb 5, 2006, MichaelBates from Lawrence, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:
A large meaty paste type that is packed with flavor. The red and yellow/orange stripes (think flames on a 50's muscle car) are a real stand out at market. This has become our favorite for canning!
|Neutral ||Farmerdill ||On Aug 13, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
Said to be a cross between Antique Roman and Banana Legs by John Swenson. It is a 4-5 ounce carrot shaped groing about 5 inches long.
|Neutral ||Big_Red ||On Feb 13, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
".....cross between Banana Legs and Antique Roman. Red with bright gold striping."
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Sierra Vista, Arizona
San Luis Obispo, California
Fort Collins, Colorado
Englishtown, New Jersey
Elba, New York
Deer Park, Ohio